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Laying the Groundwork for Your Book Proposal

What to do before taking the book-writing plunge.

- January 21, 2014
I've wanted to write a book since I was 8. The tidiness of it -- 50,000 lovely words printed together on a pristine stack of papers, enveloped in a durable shell labeled with my name -- appeals to both my literary and neat-freak sensibilities.

But when you unpack the realities of what goes into the creation of a book, it's obvious that writing a book is actually the opposite of neat and pristine. Building up your social influence, organizing your ideas and laying the groundwork for your book proposal takes time. And that's just the beginning: Writers are responsible for promoting their work for about a year following a book's release.

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